Our first stop was the small enclosed village of Fontaine de Vaucluse. The place has a wellspring which is a real wonder of nature. No one quite knows where the water comes from but it is one of the largest in the world, by volume of water.
Next we headed to the beautiful Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque where the monks don’t speak but they do manage enough words to sell lavender to tourists!
Gordes is a real postcard picture. It’s probably is one of the most well-known hilltop villages in the region and features in everyone’s photo reel. It was ‘wow’ views.
We stopped for lunch in Roussillon. Roussillon is located in the very heart of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, and is famous for it’s wide palette of flamboyant colours - oranges, reds and yellows. It was quite dazzling to be honest. We wandering around the narrow streets, stairs and squares marvelling at the beautiful natural pigments used throughout the village. We then took a hike along one of the quarry routes and were submerged in vibrant oranges on all sides. Magical.
Next stop was Saint-Remy-de-Provence location of one of Van Gogh’s stays. Lots of narrow winding streets, fantastic old fountains, shady squares, picturesque restaurants and elegant boutiques.
We then drove on to Les Baux de Provence. This immense and superb stone fortress is without doubt one of the must-sees in Provence. The village is officially classified and labelled as one of the most beautiful villages in France. It was windy up there but some fab photo opportunities.
Our final stop of the day was to catch sunset at the many-arched Pont du Gard. A masterpiece of ancient architecture built halfway through the 1st century AD, it is the principal construction in a 50 km long aqueduct that supplied the city of Nîmes, formerly known as Nemausus, with water. Built as a three-level aqueduct standing 50m high, it allowed water to flow across the Gardon river. It was quite some sight.
We finally headed back to Avignon for our last night of sumptuous food before leaving to head south to Marseille.